Who We Are

The Cache Valley Humanitarian Center (CVHC) was established in May, 2021, by Logan’s two Rotary clubs: The Cache Valley Morning Club and the Logan Noon Club. A $2,000 grant from the Rotary District Governor’s Collaborative Grant program helped CVHC get started, and the Logan School District provided a double-wide portable classroom for the center’s use. The Grant was intended to enhance Rotary clubs’ engagement with community partners. In it first six months, CVHC did precisely that: It worked closely with three school districts and 20 area non-profit organizations to create and distribute products the non-profits said their clientele would make good use of. With 894 service hours from Rotarians and 2,668 hours from community volunteers, those products included: hundreds of back-to-school kits and backpacks; more than a thousand hygiene kits; 150 therapy rice bags; more than 2,000 coats, quilts, and other winter wear; support for homeless and recent immigrants; 500 Spanish language books and 500 general interest books to establish a Navajo community library. A voluntary board of 10 has created by-laws and worked to acquire business permits and 501©3 status.

volunteers organizing backpacks
CAPSA volunteer picking up backpacks for distribution

By the Numbers

In our first year!

The Value and Measured Impact of the Cache Valley Humanitarian Center and the Return of the Rotary’s District Governor’s $2,000: 

Backpacks Distributed

The Humanitarian Center’s first project was to collect school supplies and donations to help fill backpacks for 360+ needy students in and around Cache Valley. The backpacks went to school districts and nonprofits such as CAPSA, Centro de la Familia, The Family Place and others. This project continues on into the upcoming school year.

Hygiene Kits Assembled

CVHC has coordinated the collection and distribution of 1,800 hygiene kits, the contents of which were purchased and assembled by members of the North Logan Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and other volunteers, for several non-profits and schools.

Therapy Bags Produced

Rice bags made for family caregivers of people with dementia or a terminal illness. CVHC is supportive of the Americorps Caregiver Coalition and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Coats & Quilts

Collected new and gently used coats, blankets, hats, socks and gloves in all sizes for those in need of winter items.

Books for Kids

Books collected, cleaned, sorted and redistributed to children in need, through Centro de la Familia, Bear River Head Start, and the Halchita Native American library. 

Volunteer Hours

Hours donated by Rotarians and community members

Number of people benefited

Total number of people benefited by the CVHC Project

Making a Difference

We were able to distribute warm coats, gloves and blankets to many families and they were very much appreciated. We had a family whose heater went out the same day I offered them blankets and that meant the world to the mother. Some of the students we gave coats to were very grateful and very excited to wear them and not be cold. One student was wearing 4 hoodies to school every day and was happy to take them off and just use the coat. New blankets are always a comforting item and the families that picked them up were feeling excitement to be able to use them. We were able to pass along some hats, gloves and blankets to our preschool and head start students as well and the kids were so excited to get a new hat and gloves.

Thank you for your generosity and the communities’ donations for us to be able to provide for our students and families in need.

Ashley Geary

Oakwood Elementary Preston Idaho

Thank you CVHC for your vision and follow through that is helping so many!

Lila Geddes

Sunshine Terrace Development Director

We had a mother come in and was so stressed out about how she was going to get school supplies for her student. I let her know that we had things that we could give her son. I took her into the room and let her pick some things out and she couldn’t believe her eyes…She was so overwhelmed with gratitude & became very emotional and thanked me over and over… What a great thing that you are doing for our community. We appreciate it very much.

Shelly Nielsen

Administrative Assistant, Mount Logan Middle School

As a Home Visitor for Spanish speaking families for The Family Place Utah (TFPU), I have the privilege of working with families from Mexico, Central America, and even South America. On one occasion, during a home visit, I gave a family one of the kits the Cache Valley Humanitarian Center donates to TFPU to distribute to the many families we serve, and in the kit was toothpaste.  This family was extremely grateful because they had ran out and didn’t have anymore toothpaste. With a great big grin, the mom happily accepted the toothpaste along with the rest of the hygiene kit with much appreciation and gratitude. Often we don’t think about the importance of the little things in our life, such as toothpaste, but it’s very often the case that it’s the littlest, most insignificant things that matter the most. 

Christina Ledesma

Home Visitor, The Family Place Utah (TFPU)

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